BOSTON – Tens of thousands of utilities in the Northeast ran to restore the power of more than 1.5 million homes and businesses, a few days after a powerful nor & # 39; easter caused flooding and wind damage from Virginia to Maine.  Coastal communities in the northeast have caused damage and the continuing effects of powerful wind gusts Saturday, even when residents tried to shake off a nor-easter that already weighed had flooded and cellars, broken trees and disabled power. While the storm was pushed to the sea, powerful astronomical high tide levels were expected on Sunday along the New England coast, including Nantucket, the National Weather Service tweeted.
When the conditions slowly improved on Saturday, the clearing of broken trees, damaged structures and mountain debris began. Flooding waters had been withdrawn in most areas, but Friday's storm had taken huge chunks from the coastline in Massachusetts and other states. Meanwhile, forecasters looked for another potential weather system that could bring rain or even more snow to the region later in the week.
"We have been here a long time and we have never seen it that bad," said Alex Barmashi, who lives in the heavily affected village of Sagamore Beach in Massachusetts.
On the coast in Scituate, Becky Smith watched as ocean water began to fill a nearby marina from its vantage point in the Barker Tavern, a restaurant overlooking the harbor.
"It looks like a war zone," she said Saturday, describing the scene in the coastal town near Boston, where powerful waves threw sand and rubble on roads and winds and uprooted massive trees. "It's a heap debris, large rocks and pieces of wood in the streets. "
The majority of the power outage in Massachusetts was in the southeastern part of the state, CBS Boston reports .In Duxbury, Massachusetts, for example, 97 percent of the city without power at the peak of the outage, emergency workers warned that it will be "days, if not a week" before the power is completely in the city again.
Residents in other areas have now set up basements. and investigated the damage while waiting for the power to be restored, a process sometimes suspended by energy companies Power failure on the east coast diminished by about 500,000 from a peak of 2 million earlier that Saturday, but officials said that sustained gusts delayed the repair efforts.
The aftermath of the storm also continued to impact the journey, with airports from Washington, D.C. to Boston reporting dozens of delays and cancellations, while the service slowly returned to normal on railway systems across the region. Amtrak said that almost all of her northern gang trains should be used again on Sunday.
The death toll of the storm increased by four, with the authorities saying that at least nine people had lost their lives.
A 41-year-old New Jersey man was murdered Friday night when he came into contact with live power lines, NJ.com reported. A 25-year-old man in Connecticut, a 57-year-old man from Pennsylvania and a 37-year-old man from Massachusetts were killed when trees fell on their vehicles on Friday. The other five deaths included two children. A man and a 6-year-old boy were killed in different parts of Virginia, while an 11-year-old boy in the state of New York and a man in Rhode Island both died. A 77-year-old woman died after being struck by a branch outside her home near Baltimore.
Predictors said that the storm had largely gone to the sea on Saturday afternoon, but noted that the impact was probably still felt on Sunday.
"Small floods can continue around high tides in Massachusetts, although not as bad as Saturday, and there may still be gusts of wind over New England, but the storm has virtually disappeared," said Marc Chenard, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service Storm Forecast Center in Maryland. He said that forecasters watched over what a new storm might become from Wednesday to Thursday, less than two weeks before spring officially begins.
Despite the gloomy circumstances, many residents refused the stormy circumstances to temper their enthusiasm.
Charlanne Nosal and her daughter Abby sat on the beach in Avalon, New Jersey on Saturday as a biting wind that hit sand around him. The two, who were in town for a cheerleading competition, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the storm put a damper on their journey, but not their minds.
"Every day on the beach," said Charlanne Nosal, "is a good day."